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Intimate with Walt: Selections from Whitman's Conversations with Horace Traubel, 1882-1892
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Poets and scholars will delight in Intimate with Walt: Selections from Whitman's Conversations with Horace Traubel, 1888-1892, culled by Gary Schmidgall from 5,000 pages of Whitman verbosity (the first volume was published in 1906). Traubel, Whitman's trusty assistant late in his life, saw fit to transcribe much of what his esteemed and maligned boss said. On his accomplishments, Whitman is quoted as saying, "Have I done it? Have I fulfilled my ambition? God knows. Here I am about stepping out with the case still undecided." Dividing these selections into categories like "Views of America," "About Leaves of Grass," "Walt and His Boys" and "Peeves," Schmidgall has compiled an invaluable resource. Four b&w photos.
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... Whitman's ... comments on everything from manly love to politics, from family members to fellow poets. -- Kenneth M. Price, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Eventually published in nine volumes, the last finally being completed in the 1980's, is an immense, thick work. Professor and Whitman scholar Gary Schmidgall has taken the essence of those nine volumes, and "boiled them down" in an approachable book called "Intimate with Walt".
Schmidgall brilliantly organizes his excerpts from these nine volumes into categories, which means you can dance through the book and find areas that interest you the most. Want to learn about Walt's family? It's there. How about Walt's thoughts on his Leaves of Grass? It's there. Incredibly moving is a recounting of Walt's last days, and Traubel's reaction to them. We can be in the room as the great gray poet passes; it's incredibly moving and touching.
Many biographies have been written about this man, but few tend to get as close to Whitman as this book does. I highly recommend this book for Whitman scholars, fellow poets, or anyone wanting to spend a few quiet moments with this great man.